Taormina

Travel Guide
Greek Theatre showing street scenes

Lounge on beaches, attend concerts in a Roman amphitheater and enjoy views of Europe’s biggest volcano in this popular getaway on Sicily’s eastern coast.

The hillside town of Taormina has a striking setting on the side of Monte Tore, with spectacular views over Mount Etna, Europe’s largest volcano. Medieval buildings, pastel-colored homes, bars and cafés line narrow winding streets about 655 feet (200 meters) above sea level. Enjoy the ancient town’s history and architecture, sunbathe on the beach and watch a concert in a 2,000-year-old amphitheater.

Taormina has been a favored haunt of the rich and famous ever since it was part of the Grand Tour of Europe, undertaken by English society elites during the 17th and 18th centuries. Follow in the footsteps of celebrities who have vacationed here including Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen.

In the center of Taormina, visit the Teatro Greco, built by the Greeks in the third century B.C. After Romans claimed the town, the amphitheater was adapted to host gladiatorial combats. Today, the open-air venue with views of Mount Etna is a performance space hosting plays and concerts by international stars.

Make your way to the pedestrianized Corso Umberto I, the town’s main shopping strip. Tour the Palazzo Corvaja at the beginning of the street. The medieval palace houses the tourist office and the Museum of Sicilian Arts and Traditions. At the other end of the street is Piazza Duomo. Photograph its baroque-style fountain, built in 1635. Go inside the cathedral to study its religious artworks.

Reach the town’s beaches by taking the cable car down to the ocean. From the beach, walk to the Isola Bella. The tiny islet has a small beach and nature reserve and is connected to the mainland by a narrow path.

Fly into Catania or Messina and take a bus, train, taxi or rental car to Taormina. You do not need a car if you are staying in the town, as it is easily walkable.

Taormina is a popular vacation spot for its history, ancient Greek concert venue, views and beaches.

NH Collection Taormina
NH Collection Taormina
5 out of 5
Via Circonvallazione 11, Taormina, ME
The price is RM693 per night from 17 Nov to 17 Nov
Located in Taormina City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Taormina Coast, Corso Umberto and Taormina Roman Odeon. Museum of Art and Popular Traditions ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (375 reviews)
"Lovely boutique hotel with a fantastic roof terrace/view."

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

NH Collection Taormina
UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale, 105, Taormina, ME
The price is RM919 per night from 23 Oct to 23 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Taormina hotel is just steps away from Taormina Coast and Lido Conchiglie. Lido Mazzaro and Isola Bella are also within 1 mile (2 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (704 reviews)
"This was a phenomenal place to stay. We enjoyed it as our first stop on our honeymoon. All the staff and the facilities was beautiful. We loved the cave walks to the pool and beach areas. We would definitely go back!"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2021

UNAHOTELS Capotaormina
Hotel Villa Belvedere
Hotel Villa Belvedere
4 out of 5
Via Bagnoli Croce 79, Taormina, ME
The price is RM789 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
Located in the heart of Taormina, this hotel is steps away from Taormina Coast, Parco Duca di Cesaro and Villa Comunale Garden. Corso Umberto and Palazzo Corvaja ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (567 reviews)
"The setting is gorgeous and the rooms great. The hotel lobby is very dated and looks like grandpa’s living room, really needs to be updated. Everything else was great and price appropriate."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2021

Hotel Villa Belvedere
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villa Al Duomo Apartment
Villa Al Duomo Apartment
Vico Giordano Bruno, 9, Taormina, ME
The price is RM304 per night from 3 Nov to 3 Nov
Located in Taormina City Centre, this beach apartment building is steps away from Piazza del Duomo, Baroque Fountain and Porta di Catania. Piazza IX April and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (50 reviews)
"Great location right in the middle of Taormina. Livio also stayed in touch and always available when we needed help. I’d definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2019

Villa Al Duomo Apartment
La Malandrina Apartments & Suites
La Malandrina Apartments & Suites
Via I Dionisio, 2E, Taormina, ME
The price is RM522 per night from 2 Nov to 2 Nov
Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is steps away from Taormina Coast, Badia Vecchia and Taormina Archaeological Museum. Porta di Catania ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (75 reviews)
"It had a perfect location. Very close to the old town but far enough away to be on a quiet street. Terrible WI-FI ."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2021

La Malandrina Apartments & Suites
Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Isola Bella Infinity Suites
The price is RM1,553 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Situated in the historical district, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Taormina Coast, Parco Duca di Cesaro and Villa Comunale Garden. Lido Conchiglie ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
"We stayed at the apparent with the private pool. Amazing place with the best view to the sea and beautiful infinity pool. The staff is the best and nicest I've ever seen. Great kitchen and lots of places to sit inside and outside. 2 rooms with a bathroom for each room. Worth every dollar!"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2021

Isola Bella Infinity Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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